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Topic: Asia is more than Japan Swap: Signups CLOSED. Send out by August 25.  (Read 5091 times)
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« on: July 10, 2007 12:45:04 AM »

Swap name: Asia is more than Japan Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kitten Wrangler
Sign-up date range: 10th July - 24th July
Date to send item by: August 25

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All Ages


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


Details of swap:
I've done many Japanese-based swaps, and they've all been lovely. But there is an entire continent, and a number of island archipelagos beyond the Japanese isles. We need to turn our crafty attentions towards them.

It doesn't matter if you don't know the country, the crafts, the techniques. There's a link list below this which you can look through for inspiration. Because, honestly, some of this stuff is amazing! Christmas lanterns from the Philippines, weaving from the hill tribes of Thailand, intricate and beautiful batik from Indonesia, Korean paper crafts, Chinese knotting....

Asia is a huge continent, so I will limit the choice of countries somewhat. I'm thinking anywhere east of India, west of New Guinea. And, I'm sorry, no Japan. I really want to see what we can make when we step outside of Japanese style and traditions.

There's about a month of crafting time here, because you may need to research a little, collect a few ideas and whatnot. As for items... well... how does  1x large + 1x small OR 1x medium + 2x small sound? Of course, once you're partnered up, you're free to discuss the amount you craft between yourselves.

If you want to participate, here's the information to send to me:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Asia is more than Japan Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real, full, name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Do you have a favourite Asian-not-Japan country?
Any Asian crafts that you're currently fascinated by?
Do you have prior experience/knowledge of any Asian crafts?
Favourite colours:
Any Allergies and/or things that would displease you due to religious/moral/ethical choices?
Is there something you'd really like to receive?
Anything you'd really not like to receive?
What sort of crafting do you do?
A bit about yourself:


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Handy-Dandy Organiser Link

We've got ourselves a little swap here - but that's fine by me.

yarn_mafia --> kitten wrangler
ScotSkipper402 --> gallstones
akriti --> kurisu
« Last Edit: July 25, 2007 12:57:05 PM by Kitten Wrangler » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007 12:47:16 AM »

Here's the link list that I wrote up for the original Swap Idea post.

I'm going to ask you all to think of something that I'm going to try and explain now...
Please, respect the cultures of these people. For many of the crafts here, there is a religious and spiritual aspect to what they do and what they mean to these people. Use these links as your inspiration, as a challenge to see what you can create. But bear in mind, please, the ethics of cultural appropriation. For many people, these crafts represent the one unique thing that they can offer a globalised world - in a world where their traditional ways are being devalued by modern life and pressures of globalisation, these crafts are often their only way of earning a living. Please be respectful.

And now, the links. If you can provide any others, let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Indonesia
Textiles:
http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/whatson/exhib/fabricasians/indon/index.html
http://www.nga.gov.au/IndonesianTextiles/Code/Default.cfm?MnuID=2

Puppets (wayang):
http://www.discover-indo.tierranet.com/wayang.htm
http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/puppets/golek.htm
http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/puppets/kulit.htm

Batik:
http://www.discover-indo.tierranet.com/batikpag.htm

Masks:
http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/masksjbo.htm

Baby Carriers:
http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/dyakcaro.htm

Baskets:
http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/lombasko.htm

Vietnam
Painting:
http://www.vietnam-culture.com/photogallery-2-1/Dong-Ho-Painting.aspx

Embroidery:
http://vijako.blogspot.com/

China
Knotting:
http://www.chineseknotting.org/

Korea
Embroidery:
http://www.lifeinkorea.com/culture/embro/embro.cfm

Paper craft (hanji):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanji_%28Korean_paper_art%29
http://www.kims-korea.co.kr/Entertainment1.htm?offset=1&o_no=3&o_hit=49&table=Art

miscellaneous:
http://www.koreanpaperarts.com/traditional/traditional.asp

Thailand
Textiles/weaving/sewing:
http://www.hilltribe.org/akha/akha-dress.php
http://www.hilltribe.org/article/14-lahu-weave.php
http://www.hilltribe.org/research1/laipa/index-laipa.php
(^^ this link has a PDF download link, with pages and pages of close ups of the Karen designs)

Porcelain:
http://www.thaibenjarong.com/whatisbenjarong.html
http://www.thaibenjarong.com/design%20benjarong.html

Hmong People
(The Hmong are also considered to be one of the Hill Tribes of Thailand... but I've placed them separately, as some of their more modern craft - especially the storycloth - stems from their more recent history as a displaced, refugee people)
Textiles:
http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/hmong.htm
http://www.quiltethnic.com/hmong.html
http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/collections/sea/hmong.html#

Storycloth:
http://www.askasia.org/teachers/images/image.php?no=197&era=&grade=&geo=
http://www.askasia.org/teachers/images/image.php?no=198&era=&grade=&geo=

India
Embroidery:
http://www.indian-embroidery.com/indian-embroidery-styles.html
http://hsc.csu.edu.au/textiles_design/design/1_1_5/shisha.htm
http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/projects/shisha/index.html

Bangladesh
Quilting/Embroidery (Nakshi Kantha):
http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/N_0026.htm
http://www.brac-aarong.com/nakshikantha.php

Malaysia
Songket cloth:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songket

Philippines
Textiles:
http://www.tribo.org/textiles/index2.html

Parol lanterns:
http://www.myparol.com/myparol/abouttheparol.html

Bhutan
Cane and bamboo work (Tsharzo):
http://www.craftrevival.org/Craftpics.asp?CountryCode=BHUTAN&CraftCode=003515

Embroidery/stitching (Tshemzo):
http://www.craftrevival.org/Craftpics.asp?CountryCode=BHUTAN&CraftCode=003517

Weaving/dyeing (Thagzo):
http://www.craftrevival.org/Craftpics.asp?CountryCode=BHUTAN&CraftCode=003524

Laos
Weaving:
http://www.craftrevival.org/Craftpics.asp?CountryCode=LAOS&CraftCode=003648


« Last Edit: July 10, 2007 01:41:14 AM by Kitten Wrangler » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007 07:56:04 AM »

And, if you're after some idea of what the rest of Asia has to offer, this is a brooch from, I believe, the silversmiths of Kotagede, near Yogyakarta:



Very bad photos of some of the other pretties that I have bought, or have been given over the years are here.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007 07:09:05 PM »

That's certainly a pretty piece of jewelry there. Now if only i could make something like that...maybe I'll just stick with the textiles for now...
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007 07:28:25 PM »

Ok HELP!

Just how big is a large object?
We would only be interpreting the textiles and silverwork, right?

I am SO going to enjoy perusing the links. Thank you.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2007 07:52:56 PM »

Interpreting yes. Use it as your basis for inspiration! Do a google search for some combination of 'batik' 'cloud' 'Cirebon', and see what I think is one of the most gorgeous designs ever!! For example, I'd love to have that sort of pattern on a skirt or a t-shirt - but it doesn't have to be done batik style, you could stencil, or freehand paint, or however you feel most comfortable.

In setting up the linklist, I was blown away by what I had found. Some of the Thai textile stuff is incredible! I have no idea of how it's done, but I like the colours and the design, and might try to see if I can carry them off through the medium of cross stitch, for example.

If you know some of the techniques, feel free to use them... if I can work out how to set it all up in my apartment, I'm eager to get my stuff out and do some batik again.... if I have the room. But otherwise... be inspired!

In the original post, there's a Swap Info link, which should have information on how to decide how big a 'large' object is.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2007 07:56:04 PM »

Thank you very much.

I am very interested in joining this swap. But, I have only just completed my first craftster swap and can't sign up yet until I get my feedback. I have the thread bookmarked for that day.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007 09:20:24 AM »

I didn't see it on the list - but isn't paper marbeling a Chinese craft?
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2007 10:37:28 AM »

I didn't see it on the list - but isn't paper marbeling a Chinese craft?

Basically, PAPER is a Chinese craft. Yes?
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2007 02:25:23 PM »

It is not, and will never be, a comprehensive list of links - there's way too much stuff out there, so it could be indeed that paper marbling is a Chinese craft.
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